Sunday, April 17, 2016

Yellow Diesel 5 Gallon Jug Project

For my planned trip to Bermuda at this time of year, there may be many days where there is little or no wind. Of course I would prefer to choose a weather window where I can sail all the time, but if I have to choose between the possibility of storms or motoring in calm conditions, I would prefer to use the engine. I have got 2 diesel tanks for a total of 70 gallons which gets me quite a way, in fact over half the 880 nautical miles in calm weather. What a lot of sailors do is store extra diesel on deck and it makes the boat look ugly.
I had bought these jugs before and stored them on deck and found that they started cracking in the sun so I used snaps to make covers.
I also went to the trouble of recessed bolts in the red oak so it would not dig into the plastic. I now have 100 gallons on board and with these jugs I can easily transport them in the dinghy and refill them at a gas station in places where there is no fuel dock.
Right now the weather looks good for me leaving for Bermuda on Wednesday. You can track my voyage at
https://share.delorme.com/PeterRyan
on the internet.

2 comments:

  1. Looks great Peter, where did you get the jug covers?

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